Yetsa's Sweater is a charming picture book by Sylvia Olsen about the women of the Coast Salish who continue to create beautiful Cowichan sweaters. It is an effective picture book that demonstrates First Nations experiential learning. Yetsa is spending time with her grandmother assisting in the preparation of the sheep's wool needed to knit these amazing one-of-a-kind sweaters. The story and illustrations show the love and understanding between the generations as Yetsa's mother joins the group to complete the many tasks needed to make the wool ready for knitting.
Christmas on the Trapline is an adventure novel set in northern Manitoba in the 1950s. Cree author Brenda Fontaine writes about the adventures of Babs, a ten-year old Cree girl who lives in her family’s cabin near Norway House. This volume is the third adventure in the series. Babs and her brother live with their parents in the bush. Father hunts and traps with his dog team. One winter day just before Christmas he fails to return to the cabin after he finishes cutting wood for the stove.
Le Caribou, Nourriture de Notre Âme is the French edition of The Caribou Feed Our Soul. It is one of the titles in Fifth House Publishing's The Land Is Our Storybook series. This Denésôliné (Chipewyan) title is designed to highlight one of the official Aboriginal language groups in the Northwest Territories. The book presents information about the people and community of Åutsël K’é, Northwest Territories. Pete Enzoe is a hunter, trapper, and fisher who views his role as a protector of the caribou. He takes readers on a respectful caribou harvest.
MOO IISIKAAG! (nii-psikaag) The cow is going to bump into me is a bilingual book with cassette by Ojibwe author Marie Gaudet. She has adapted her mother's childhood story and retells it in English and Ojibwe. The story is told in the first person by Rose Logan. As a young child she was just learning to talk and she had trouble pronouncing Ojibwe words. The story is based on her real life adventure milking a cow on her family's farm. In the barn for the morning milking, Rose becomes frightened of the large cow and blurts out the phrase, Moo ii-sikaag!
Aninâtigo-anîbîshan Kichi-makwang, The Maple Leaves of Kichi Makwa, Les feuilles d'erable de Kichi Makwa is a trilingual, children picture book by Kitigan Zibi Algonquin poet and storyteller Albert Dumont. This 25-page illustrated book features the story about the Maple Leaves and why they turn colour every autumn in Algonquin, English, and French. This story explains how the maple leaves turn into bright reds, oranges, and yellows every fall. The story begins with the green maple leaves complaining how boring their leaves appear.
Lacrosse Warrior: The Life of Lacrosse Champion Gaylord Powless is a biography published by James Lorimer and Company, written by Karen Lewis about the life and lacrosse career of well-known sports figure Gaylord Powless (1946-2001). Born on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Gaylord came from a family of lacrosse players and began playing the sport when he was young. The author provides basic details about the Six Nations Iroquois, the community, family, and education system that made up Gaylord's world.
Nos Histoires Sont Vivantes is the French language edition of Living Stories: Godi Weghàà Ets' eèda one of the titles in Fifth House Publishing's The Land Is Our Storybook series. This book co-authored by Therese Zoe, Philip Zoe, and Mindy Willett offers elementary students a First Nation's perspective about the lifestyle and cultural heritage of the contemporary Tlicho (Dogrib) community in the Northwest Territories.
Viens Avec Moi: Nous Apprendrons Ensemble! Is the French language edition of Come and Learn with Me, Ewo she kedidih, fourth title in the series, The Land is Our Storybook. This title is told in first-person by nine-year-old Sheyenne Jumbo who lives in Sambaa K'e also known as Trout Lake in the Northwest Territories. Sheyenne Jumbo and her extended family live in the Dehcho region of the Dene. The family speaks the Dehcho language and Sheyenne is learning the Dene Yatie language from her grandparents and in language class at the local school.
Ancient Thunder by Ojibwe author and illustrator Leo Yerxa is the 2006 winner of the Governor General's Award for Illustration. Yerxa draws on his appreciation and delight for the wild horses of the Plains as inspiration for the book. In this unique tribute, Yerxa works with hand-made watercolour paper that has the appearance of leather. His technique, developed through patient experimentation, gives the magnificent images of galloping horses the sense that their thundering hooves are like a force of nature.
The Great Adventure of Dallas the Turtle and His Friends is a 17-page children's picture book written and illustrated Samantha Jocko for Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute. During her classes at the Institute, Samantha wrote the story after being inspired by her son and the family car trip across Canada. In this simple story, the author chooses several animal friends, a turtle, a snake, and a mouse that travel during the night time with the aid of the full moon. The friends find distractions along the way.